Shen Wei Dance Arts
The company's acclaimed works fuse dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture, and Western and Eastern cultures.
- Oct. 21 - 22, 2005
- Eisenhower Theater
- Approx. 2 hours
- $14.00 - $38.00
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Emerging as one of the most exciting new talents of the 21st century, Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei has astounded international audiences with his unique hybridism of Chinese dance, theater, opera, painting, and sculpture. The New York Times has hailed his New York–based company as "startlingly imaginative," while the Miami Herald says "Shen Wei gives new voice to modern dance." At the festival, his ensemble performs two acclaimed works. Rite of Spring draws from Chinese opera and contemporary dance techniques and features a four-hand piano version of Stravinsky's seminal music and alluring visual images. Folding, inspired by the folding drapes of costumes, is performed by dancers in stunning red evening gowns moving in front of an exquisite backdrop to sounds of Tibetan Buddhist chants and The Last Sleep of the Virgin, by contemporary composer John Tavener.
Free Post-Performance Discussion
In the Eisenhower Theater, join a discussion with company members immediately following the performance. Free with your performance ticket.
Friday, October 21
News and Reviews
"From China by Way of New York, a Cultural Revelation"
The Washington Post – Washington, DC (Oct. 24, 2005)
- About America Dancing at the Kennedy Center
- About Festival of China 2005 at the Kennedy Center
- Shen Wei Dance Arts Official Site More about Shen Wei Dance Arts